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Sep 9, 2010 6:00pm PDT
told and fbi investigators out here on the scene. they're not letting us again near the home which is where the white truck is parked. we want to go to sky 7, overhead right now this, is the same house where police discovered the 73-year-old dead nearly two weeks ago. they've been searching for his son ever since. authorities not releasing identity of the person found in the home here today or the cause of death. all they're saying is that the body discovered here was discovered when authorities came back to the home today to look for evidence again. so we want to take a look at the people that have been involved in this crime spree this, is a photo of frederick salas. police say he may be the fifth victim at the hands of efron valdmoreo. valdmorrow was killed last week following a high-speed chase in which is he believed to have strangled his girlfriend, cindy tran to death. today, police say they consider frederick salas missing. >> no comment on that so far. as you know l. >> as far as we're concerned he's still a missing person until we make a positive identification of the bod
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Sep 17, 2010 11:00am PDT
and destroyed dozens of homes. >> terry mcsweeney joins us now from san bruno. nerves rattled again. >> yes. and certainly adds to the uncertainty in this neighborhood. you can see fire trucks, police, pg&e, cleanup crews. the list goes on. a lot of flashing lights. you see the american red cross over there as well. no wonder people out here are on edge. a new report may give them more reason to be that way. >> a day of school for two girls. the school was being evacuated. no one said why. >> i talked to them and they told me there was the smell of gas. >> in the community where the school was evacuated for the same reason yesterday, people are on edge. that's why joe lynch is making sure he stays cool as possible. >> i'm just more concerned about them not getting freaked out again because we did see the explosion and it's had quite an effect on them. i'm just trying to remain as calm as possible with them and reassure them. >> the crestmore children were evacuated to the intermediate school. he couldn't believe it when he heard the announcement her school was coming his way because of the
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Sep 15, 2010 5:00am PDT
for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. governor schwarzenegger will visit the san bruno fire site today direct from his asia trade mission. meantime e-mails received by federal investigators seem to offer no definitive evidence of neighbors smelling gas before the explosion. terry joins us live from san bruno. >> the ntsb investigators are the ones who are going to figure out exactly what happened. talk about the automatic shutoff valve and a number of other things that address those e-mail concerns. let's get to it now. vice chairman christopher hart joins me. thank you for being here. as far as finding out the cause of this explosion, what are the possibilities and what is the process? >> i won't speculate as to what might have caused it but the pieces, three pieces of pipe will be arriving in the washington d.c. metalergy lab tomorrow. in other words, did the give because of fatigue. contraction, did that cause fatigue, like bending a coat hanger back and forth before it broke. could it be corrosion, for example, impact damage from excavation. we'll look at all those cause
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Sep 12, 2010 11:00pm PDT
always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪ finally allowed back home in san bruno three days after the massive explosion and fire killed four neighborses and seriously injured a dozen more. investigators still don't know what caused the gas line to explode as the search for clues continues. the california public utility commission is ordering pg&e to inspect all 5,000 miles of the gas line statewide. they are calling on the utility to change procedure for responding to gas leaks and preserve all records for its work on the line that goes through san bruno. pge crews are working to -- pg&e crews are working to restore power. lilian kim is live in san bruno with their home coming. lilian? >> beverly mandell's home was initially yellow taged which means she could only go home to retrieve her belongings. inside there are remanence of the pipeline explosion. >> i'm probably gonna have to have a new ceiling or something. that's also got holes in it. >> i expected to be in tears, but i wasn't. i am lucky this house is still standing here. >> dozens
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Sep 28, 2010 11:00am PDT
enjoying the outdoors. energy officials are asking us though to conserve power for another day. >> san jose's park is closed today because of extreme fire danger. today is a fourth spare the air day. meteorologist mike nicco joins us with more on our triple digit temperatures. hey, mike. >> hey, how are you today? hopefully staying cool. just how hot it's going to be around the bay. a lot like yesterday. look at all the triple digits. you may be wondering what the asterisk is for, that's where i think we could tie or set the record high temperatures. yesterday's record-setting 93. half moon bay, cool spot. mid to upper 90s throughout the bay into the south bay to 100 morgan hill. low 1 hundreds throughout the east bay valleys. napa 99 to 103 in santa rosa. i think the poorest air quality will develop is over in the east bay valleys and also down into the santa clara valley. this is the lowest threshold so those that are most susceptible to ground-based ozone, the elderly, the young, those with asthma problems may want to stay inside and try to breathe some clean air. i'll have a clearing tr
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Sep 10, 2010 5:30pm PDT
where to even begin. 77-year-old les is using a shopping cart to get around because he fled without his walker. >> that thing was right on top of us. >> just so hot. >> reporter: and you lived in that home how long? >> 53 years. >> reporter: the pipeline is about as old as this neighborhood, but investigators still don't know why it blew. and while search teams are in there right now looking for more possible victims, investigators from the ntsb are also on-scene to try to determine exactly what went wrong. diane? >> neal, as you know, that gas pipe was enormous, we're talking 30 inches in diameter and buried three feet under ground. the utility company, pacific gas and electric, says it is still too hot to get close. but as we said, neighbors say they knew something was wrong. mike von fremd has that part of the story. >> reporter: investigators won't know what caused this disaster until it's safe to approach the site of the blast. >> we've yet to be able to get close enough to the actual source to be able to determine exactly why this happened. >> reporter: here's what they do know. i
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Sep 13, 2010 11:00am PDT
of homes. janelle wang joins us with more. >> i'm just down the street from the site. investigators are expected to be here for the next seven to ten days gathering up all the evidence they need to determine the cause of last thursday's deadly explosion. >> investigators backed up the largest piece of evidence. the section of pipeline that was blown out of the ground last thursday. that and two other pieces, each about ten feet long will be shipped to washington, d.c. to a lab. >> we know it's pressurize go and de-pressurize ago pipe. it could be impact damage from excavation. >> they will look to see if there are any defects in the welding. >> we're very pleased that we do have such a big chunk of evidence but we're not sure we have all the fragments of the pipe. anybody that finds a metal fragment, please report it to us. >> they also want amateur video of the site prior to the explosion. also, if anyone noted dying vegetation which could be a is sign of leaking gas. they have ordered pg&e to inspect all 6400 miles of gas transmission lines with priority given to lines running und
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Sep 15, 2010 5:30pm PDT
on what works and what doesn't. >>> and, climb every mountain. someone who shows us all how to win at life, every single day. it's the american heart. >>> good evening. and it is right there behind me, the u.s. capitol. and 48 days now until the november congressional elections, which is shaping up to be a lively and crackling political showdown. last night, tea party candidates scored huge wins in several states, upending the predictions, and this morning, the democrats are marshaling forces. and on the republican side, karl rove is expressing surprise. jon charl karl has been running down results for us and is here tonight. good evening, jon. >> reporter: diane, the republican leadership is just stunned by what happened last night in delaware, and now they are scrambling to get control of a movement that seems to be taking over their party. >> you betcha. >> reporter: republican leaders had called her a fraud, a liar and unelectable. but now they have to call christine o'donnell republican nominee for senate. >> i didn't count on the establishment to win the primary. i'm not counting on
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Sep 16, 2010 5:30pm PDT
inside. rain coming on sunday. >> thank you very much. >> okay. thanks for joining us i'm cheryl jenning autos i'm >>> tonight on "world news," needing help. the number of americans living in poverty soars. what this really means for your struggling neighbors, day by day. >>> meeting the queen. the pope, in a rare encounter with royalty. he has more to say on the church sex scandals than before. >>> facing danger. a gunman opens fire on a doctor in one of america's most famous hospitals. >>> naming the new sheriff in town. the consumer advocate and janitor's daughter on a mission to speak up to wall street. >>> breathing easy. and amazingly simple. is this the way to reduce your high blood pressure? >>> good evening. america is the land, the nation of plenty, the richest country in the history of the world. but we have real numbers tonight on the staggering increase in people barely getting by. in a new report today, the government says 44 million americans now live in poverty. 4 million joined the list just last year. and that means 1 out of every 7 people we pass on the street
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Sep 24, 2010 11:00pm PDT
paints a different picture, one of a concerned father who is given permission by the boy's parents to use scare straight tactics. >> at no time do you hear the parents of the young man objecting, getting upset, crying. so the video is absolutely exculpatory from the cop's perspective. >> and the attorney points to this moment when the father talks to his son while cuffed. >> use your head. >> his department in the meantime is reviewing the duty manual which does not make specific mention of this type of behavior. >> we determined that there should be probably a very specific section that addresses this or several versions into creating one. >> sergeant lopez says the officer may have violated more than just those two policies. he is currently on administrative leave. lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >> thanks very much. >>> a judge cleared the way for california's first execution in nearly five years. that means that pending any last-minute appeals albert brown will be put to death one minute after midnight next wednesday morning. he would be the first death row inmate executed in the newly
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Sep 25, 2010 4:00pm PDT
it will take billions from our children when we can least afford it. get california working again-for all of us. >>> next at 4:00, getting rid of dangerous drugs in your home. a new program that could help a nationwide problem. >>> plus, he is scheduled to be california's first execution in nearly five years. the deadline that could determine how he dies. >> and a fundraiser is underway for the people of san bruno. >>> good afternoon. i'm dan noyes. there's a new push tonight from the drug enforcement administration to help prevent the abuse of prescription drugs by getting you to chuck what's in your cabinet. >> lisa: lisa amin gulezian joins us live now. >> lisa: some drugs are being sold, problem the police are trying to stop. they're hoping campaigns like this will help. people are cleaning out their medicine cabinets today. and bringing their extra or expired prescription to police departments all over the country. 25 dropoff cites were here in the bay area. in san francisco's tenderloin district. police want prescription drugs to come here instead of ending up out here. >> traditionally,
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Sep 13, 2010 5:30pm PDT
take them to australia. >> that is right. and thanks for joining us. >>> tonight on "world news" -- investigating the inferno. the latest on what caused that pipeline explosion. and with 2.5 million miles of pipe in america, how to know your neighborhood is at risk. >>> tackling taxes -- 50 days before the election, will you really end up paying less or more? >>> bruised brains among kids who play basketball. why is the danger even greater for girls? >>> and a hero's story -- he's getting his medal of honor. and we have that first interview about that life-changing moment of courage. >>> good evening. we can't see them but they are everywhere crisscrossing america -- 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipeline, enough to circle the earth 100 times. tonight, we have the latest on the investigation into the california explosion, as stunned residents there head home to see what's left of their neighborhood. neal karlinsky tells us how investigators are looking at the age of the pipes and piecing together the clues. he's in san bruno again this monday for us. good evening, neal. >> re
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Sep 15, 2010 6:00am PDT
supervisors call for a review of when deputies and use tasers after an abc 7 report. >> here's a look from downtown san francisco. the clouds a little lower and they have more moisture in them so expect some drizzle this morning but warmer weather this afternoon and i'll update you on the chance of rain. >> an update on the cash paying lanes at the toll plaza. everything looking good around the bay area. >> it's 6 a.m. this wednesday morning. thank you for waking up early and joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news, governor schwarzenegger will arrive in san bruno for a first-hand look at the damage done by the san bruno fire. pg&e facing new questions how long it took to shut off gas after the blast. terry mcsweeney has the vice chairman with him right now to address those questions. >> i'd like to address that question you just brought up, kristen. the problem seems to have been that the pg&e couldn't get that gas shut off in the most timely fashion. what was the problem and what are you looking at? >> we're developing a time line regarding that issue because on
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Sep 24, 2010 11:00am PDT
the cause is internal corrosion. >> if you don't have the statistics of the u.s., most of the cases of corrosions, damage, are external. >> pg&e can't comment at this time to the article because of the ongoing investigation but will say mic is rare in the pipeline system. there have been seven leaks in the pg&e transmission lines, about 6400 miles since january 2005 due to internal corrosion but they don't know if they were called by mic's specifically. the insides were removed and microbial inhibitors applied when necessity. the investigation is expected to take one year. we just got word media was allowed in. i got a tour of this area. we'll get a full report tonight at 5:00 and 6:00. >> jenelle, thanks very much taz memorial as much as will be held today for three generations of a family who died in the gas explosion. 85-year-old levon bulls, her son gregory and her 17-year-old grandson william all died in the intern no. today's service will take place at the first presbyterian church at burlingame at 4:00 this afternoon. a procession at mills high school. >> traffic is being div
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Sep 28, 2010 5:00pm PDT
with a plan of action to prevent another san bruno tragedy from happening. david louie joins us with a proposal by california's two senators. >> senators feinstein and boxer are seeking tighter regulations using technology to step up pipeline inspections. >> it's on our collective shoulders now after this happened. we have been warned. >> senator boxer and other members of the senate commerce subcommittee don't want another san bruno. they're working on new, tighter regulations for pipeline safety and doubling the number of inspectors. the federal agency that does inspections acknowledged it's shoirt staffed. >> each inspector is responsible for over 2000 miles of pipeline. the distance from san francisco to chicago. >> the staift bill calls for more use of technology called smart picks. they're small sensor that's can detect defects by moving through pipelines. the pipeline safety trust has been urging their use nearly two decades. >> scleerly, smart picks are the best available technology for assessing the true condition of a pipeline. again this is another debate that should
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Sep 14, 2010 6:00am PDT
morning at 6:00 on this tuesday. we have a lot of developing news for you. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. let's get to it. forgot my own name. late and breaking news following all morning. imprisoned hiker and cal graduate sarah shore released from prison. jenelle, tell us more. >> this is such great news. just came down in the past hour. american sarah shore has been released for more than a year in prison. those closest to her expected something to happen today but basically this release out of the blue. her family didn't even have a heads up. we did get a statement from a state women rights organization saying they're feeling sad that sarah has to leave her fiancee shane and best friend josh. they're still in prison, that's in iran. but, of course, this is great news that sarah shore has been released. the three u.s. berkeley graduates captured in july 2009 after crossing the border between northern iraq and iran. iran accuses the three of spying and illegally entering the country. the family insists they were hiking and entered the country accidental
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Sep 14, 2010 6:00pm PDT
,000 feet of hoses towards the blast site. >> as close as we can get. there are citizens helping us drag hose. and this is all hands on deck. >> and at 9:00 the following morning, for this san bruno native leaving the scene was almost as difficult as watching neighbors and friends lose their homes and their lives. >> this is probably one of the hardest things he had to do. this is like my family. >> those first crews were so overwhelmed when they got here to this scene that they said they thought the neighborhood would be destroyed and there would be many more lives shot saying what saved them was a team effort many agencies from around the county were among the first responders here and that they're able to work well together to communicate properly. abc 7 news. >> thanks very much. >> the coroner confirmed identity of the fourth victim of the fire 81-year-old elizabeth torres tried -- dried trying to -- died trying to escape her home. >> the national transportation safety board updated its investigation into the pipeline explosion within the past hour. the vice chairman say they have r
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Sep 20, 2010 4:30am PDT
's kind express toll lane will open on interstate 680. >> the drivers will use the new 14-mile southbound expressway lane from pleasetantton to milpitas. it allows you to use the lane for a price. that starts out at just 30 cents when there's no traffic but as the freeway gets more congested, the price goes up to as much as $6. drivers need a fas trak transponder and signs alert the drivers to the designated entry and exit points. we'll have a live report from jenelle wang in the next half hour and megan will have traffic updates throughout the morning. >> traffic use has grown since 2006 when officials set a goal of 70% usage. the latest survey shows that goal has almost been reached with 68.6% of bridge users now having fas trak. the number of morning drivers on the bay bridge using fas trak has nearly doubled to nearly 77%. >> pg&e could release a list of its 100 riskiest pipeline locations as soon as today. this comes after pressure from federal and state leaders including governor schwarzenegger. the utility isn't saying exactly what it plans to do but it could release the list along
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Sep 20, 2010 5:00am PDT
it's 4:59. thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. right now the bay area's first ever expressway lane is opening up to drivers. that means solo drivers can pay for the privilege of using what would otherwise be a carpool lang. jenelle wang is live over 680 in fremont. this has been in the works for a long, long time. >> yeah. and it's finally here. set to open in about 30 seconds from now officially. at 5 a.m. the bay area's first expressway lane. i'm along highway southbound 680. you can see the traffic going southbound right here. there will be three entry and three exit points. you're looking at one of the entry points here. washington boulevard exit. the new expressway lane replaces the carpool lane on southbound 680 between pleasanton and milpitas. a 14-mile stretch. it operates between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. monday through friday. carpoolers will be able to use the lane for free as well as motorcycles, transit buses and highway vehicles with valid stickers but solo drivers can use the lane with fair fas trak pass. only three entry and exit points and ille
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Sep 20, 2010 6:00am PDT
you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news we could find out which local gas pipelines pose the biggest risk to life and property. in the wake of the san bruno explosion and fire, local officials have put intense pressure on pg&e to release that list of the hundred most dangerous. terry mcsweeney is live in san bruno with the story. terry? >> yeah. the report that we're all waiting for today is 100 most dangerous natural gas pipelines on pg&e. don't have that yet but we do have a partial list to share with you this morning. right now let's take a look at some video that we have of the situation that we are talking about. we're talking about very dangerous pipelines. our media partner, the mercury news reports that san jose and milpitas city officials received a call, came in yesterday from pg&e, the utility that owns the pipeline that blew out a couple weeks ago. got two one nears casman drive. two very dangerous pipelines in its city west of i-880. fremont, livermore and south san francisco having already received word that they have dangerous pipel
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Sep 29, 2010 6:00pm PDT
to walk the line. >> exactly right. >> yeah. >> that brings us to our next story meg whitman has been courting that vote. polls show she's been making a lot of headway there. what happens now? >> wheg whitman... >> according to the hispanic volt has been a corner stone of whitman's campaign. it seemed the strategy was working a cord together field poll, whitman was gaining on jerry brown with the latino community making up 15% of the california voters. the polls just six days ago shows brown with 43% of the latino vote and whitman, 40%. a gap of just 3%. and now, with accusations whitman hired an undocumented worker, oakland city councilman believes many will back away. >> there is no question about it. and i when people talk about immigration, immigrant people and they abuse them and use them. i don't think the meg is any different. i think that will make a difference to latino voter autos and would you vote for her or not based on this? >> i was planning to vote for her. i'm a democrat. boy vote for brown. >> susan raske from the school of judicialism. >> i would say it doesn't hurt
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Sep 14, 2010 4:30am PDT
thomas. >> in just a few hours, the san mateo county coroner will give us an update on the number of victims of the san bruno explosion and fire and dozens of residents are wondering what happens next after they took an emotional tour of their neighborhood last night. terry mcsweeney is live. >> some people don't want to go back? >> even though they can. the coroner expected to update us today on the number of dead. we have four officially dead. three of them have been i.d.'d publicly. last night there was a townhall meeting at the church of the highlands. hundreds of people turned out and many questioned the wisdom of going back. jackie spear is there is offering assurance. >> the truth of the matter is this kind of explosion is extremely rare. it's happened maybe two times in the country. >> it's still running through a neighborhood. it's under my house. there are areas of the pipe that you can't access. >> some people have no home to return to. they were given a bus tour yesterday what remains of their home. some have been red-tagged and some homes have been demolished by last
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Sep 20, 2010 5:00pm PDT
. delta says other flights are being found for the passenger as board. >> experts using tissue samples to determine the species of a whale that wash add shore this morning on ocean beach. it's badly decomposed and made it hard to examine. researchers have been able to determine it's not a hump back, gray, or blue whale. it's a bounty for researchers. >> it's hard for us to study them out so far in the ocean this, gives us a good opportunity to put together different pods and populations of the whales in the wild. >> and a carcass will be buried during low tide on the beach tomorrow. it was just last week a tanker impaled a whale on the bough and that is probably dead when hit. >>> there is a warning out for female joggers in south san jose. the sheriff's department looking for a man who attacked a woman jogging alone just before 8:00 on a road around snell road. the attacker tried to sexual assault sure, she managed to runway. and oakland police are issuing a warning two women were robbed and sexual assaulted in separate incidents near lake merit. police think the same person may be re
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Sep 22, 2010 11:00am PDT
sex with the officer's 14-year-old stepdaughter. theresa garcia joins us now from san jose. the motorcycle officer pretented to arrest the boy. >> yes. if pretended is the word. all the parents were clearly upset to find out the two teens had had consensual sex but there is disagreement how it was handled. the officer's attorney say he never pretended to arrest the boy and certainly that the officer was invited to use scared straight tactics and that there was no objection at the time to the election or the handcuffing. >> from what i understand, the parents, the family did not consent to this in any way. >> cop watch says the parents of a 15 year sold boy never agreed to have their neighbor, a san jose motorcycle officer, use scare straight tactics on their son. the cop watch organization helps the parents file a misconduct complaint with san jose police internal affairs claiming the officer abused his authority when he found out the 15-year-old boy had had sex with his 14-year-old stepdaughter. >> i think he was an upset father and i can almost understand his reaction. bu
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Sep 9, 2010 11:00pm PDT
heard us say a moment ago perhaps that they believe they can keep the fire from spreading beyond the existing perimeter and they have no word yet, if you live in the area or friend or loved ones who do, when you maybe able to get back that your home but surely not be tonight as they deal with this, this crisis and they don't want anybody else going in and risking getting hurt. people will not be able to get in her for speed limit time. they don't know when you will be allowed back in but at least 100 people in shelters tonight. >> these are images taken earlier this evening where you see the massive fire ball caused by the ruptured gas line and at times the flames shot 100 feet into the air. we had witnesses just telling us force with which the explosion shook this neighborhood one woman apparently suffered not only burns but a broken arm from the blast. >> was thrown apparently across the street by the blast. obviously after this initial shock and concern for health and safety the next phase for those poor people who have lost their homes or have suffered serious damage is to
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Sep 24, 2010 4:30am PDT
. always sounds good to say that. friday morning. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's begin with a stunning new possibility in the investigation into the san bruno blast this morning. pg&e are looking into a bacterial cause and what's most frightening is it can be found anywhere. jenelle is live with the latest. jenelle? >> kristen, this has happened before ten years ago in the new mexico desert. a 13-inch transmission line just like the one that ran through the san bruno neighborhood ruptured killing 3 young children. called influence corrosion. microbes that go undetected in a tiny pool of stagnant water in the pipeline and eating away at the metal causing it to corrode. pg&e told state regulators last year that there was ongoing concern about the potential for internal corrosion along the 46-mile pipeline that ran from san francisco through san bruno down to milpitas. the corrosion has shown up in several tests along the line. an environmental microbe biologist outside of pg&e said any pipe as old as this one could have microbes hiding inside of it. the o
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Sep 29, 2010 5:00am PDT
that fog out there. thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. california voters have a clearer picture today of their two main choices for governor. last night democratic jerry brown and republican meg whitman drew a sharp contrast in their first of three debates. >> even though their styles are different, the two actually have several things in common. candidate jerry brown and meg whitman went into their debate in a virtual tie and came out virtually the same way. the polls have yet to be released. on the issues they also agree. both would protect colleges and universities from higher fees. both would enforce the death penalty. the debate lasted just under an hour at u.c. davis. the first question was how they would fix california's dysfunctional budget. >> first of all you gotta live within your means. i mean, they started spending money, we had a boom and wall street was going and dot-com and all that, then it collapses. well, you gotta reset. reset 15%, 18%. i authorized by my legal opinion an 18% reduction in the governor's salary, the legislators' salary and my
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Sep 14, 2010 5:00pm PDT
last hour or so. we saw convoys drive past us. one woman brought flowers with her. and the fire chief says residents are wearing protective gear and he cannot confirm how many or which families are being let in this evening. for everyone here in the fire zone, it's still more about coping than recovery. bill's claremont house missed total destruction by a matter of feet, upgraded from red to yellow tag, meaning he may repair if he wants to. >> i don't want to move back here. i'm afraid to have my kids playing at that park again. my god. are you kidding me? >> he can walk up to within feet of the front door but is not allowed to go in or get any of the three cars. his insurance company will pay rent on a four bedroom belmont house for six months. he says that should be plenty of time to figure out what he needs from pg&e to make him whole again as they've been promise eyeing started to realize the question what do i need is how can we compensate you for blowing up your neighborhood? and destroying properties and killing your neighbors? and ruining your life? >> audrey's front doo
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Sep 15, 2010 11:00pm PDT
and asked for driver's licenses using addresses of homes that burned to the ground. >> they have never had a driver's license before, but that house got burned down. >> they took their id's to various agencies such as pg&e looking for handouts. >> essentially you can walk out with $1500 in gift cards and a free cell phone. >> and they did? >> they did. >> the dmv figured out they were lying and arrested all four people. it is too much for san bruno residents to bear. >> they need to be locked up for a longtime. they need serious, serious punishment. that's the lowest of low. >> inside the neighborhood, police arrested one person for looting and caught two would be looters impersonating a firefighter and utility worker. the residents are still finding some valuables that managed to escape the fire and the thieves. today firecrews cut into a safe they found in the rubble and discovered jewelry inside. residents were given a couple hours today to sort through the debris. >> yeah, i was surprised that my brother's cd's some were still in tact. we were able to find photos of my mom and my aunt
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Sep 24, 2010 6:00am PDT
morning. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. topping our news this half hour, pg&e is investigating the possibility that microbes inside a natural gas pipe might have caused the deadly san bruno explosion two weeks ago, this unlikely but has happened before. jenelle is live in san bruno to tell us more. >> yes, it has, ten years ago in the new mexico desert that pipeline ruptured killing 12 including three young children. investigators found pitting in the pipeline. the corroded area spread across 21 feet of the pipe and some areas 72% of the pipe wall had been eaten away. now, that pipeline in new mexico was over 50 years old and 30 inches in diameter. those are the exact same specs as the pipeline here in san bruno. the possible cause is called microbiological influence corrosion. this report came out in the san francisco chronicle this morning. it's basically micros that go undetected in a tiny pool of water inside the pipeline and then start eating away at the metal causing it to corrode. according to the article this morning, pg&e told state regulators last y
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Sep 24, 2010 5:00pm PDT
video for the first time. she says it shows a concerned father given permission to use scare straight tactic autos no time do you hear the parents of the young man objecting getting upset, crying. so the video is from the cop's perspective. >> terry bowman points to an early portion of the video. the father speaks up while his son is in handcuffs. >> the family's attorney says the officer threatened the teenager numerous times and crossed the line in using his position as an officer to settle a domestic matter. >> this does not bode well for you. do you know what that means? that is good thing. >> san jose police did tell us wednesday both juveniles were cited for having sex with a minor. those citations are likely in the hands of juvenile probation for possible refer to the district attorney's office for her part the d.a.says she's reviewing to case to see if the officer faces any criminal charges. >> today a judge cleared the way for california's first execution in more than four years. the u.s. district judge found the state had adequate lay dressed concerns about the lethal inject
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Sep 11, 2010 6:00am PDT
for when residents might be allowed to reenter. city officials tell us they hope to narrow the evacuation area and let some people back in hopefully as early as today. while it is too dangerous for homeowners to get back into the fire zone, news crews get a quick look into the disaster area. lillian kim shows us what's there. >> glen view drive and earl avenue is ground zero and this ruptured pipeline is what started it all. a piece of the 30-inch pg&e pipeline is in the middle of the intersection. the explosion was so large it blew out of the ground. they inspected the crater and still no word what caused the high-pressure pipeline to rupture. in all destroyed 37 homes in the crestwood neighborhood. some sites there's nothing more than a chimney to indicate where a house once stood. others are still standing. those with little or no damage have been marked with green fliers but many have been red-tagged deemed uninhabitable. brian wants to see his house but emergency officials aren't allowing residents to take a look just yet. >> keep changing their mind. i don't know why they changed th
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Sep 14, 2010 5:30pm PDT
the game. >> great. >> and so everybody turns out. >> thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl >>> tonight on "world news," a daughter is free. the american hiker in the arms of her mother. out of prison in iran and speaking, forced to leave her fiance and friend behind. >>> and that crisis on a new tape. the massive california gas explosion. what witnesses thought had happened. >>> a cough syrup crackdown. dr. richard besser explores the way kids are using cough medicine to get high. >>> and what a special delivery. a baby girl, just born to one of the trapped miners in chile. the name they gave her says so much. >>> good evening. for 410 days, a 32-year-old american woman was imprisoned in iran. a hiker charged as a spy while her mother, nora, waited and prayed. well, tonight, sarah shourd is coming home, free. amid questions about her health, and the fate of the young americans left behind. one of them, her fiance. our jim sciutto has traveled to iran eight times and he's been following the hikers' story from the start. jim? >> reporter: well, diane, her detention became a powerful symb
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Sep 15, 2010 6:00pm PDT
on a table disappeared which is strange. >> and bob tells us once everyone who wants a second changs to go in gets that opportunity, then, hazmat will do a final inspection and then, the sites will be cleared. we did see the county health department director out here tonight giving a tour of the site to a company called inner city demolition. in san bruno abc 7 news. >> and the governor got a look at the damage this afternoon. he arrived from a flight from asia he'd been on a trade mission since this happened. governor schwartzeneggar offered prayers to those owe who lost so much. and a promise he's taking a hands on role into the investigation into what went wrong and who is to blame. >> and i'm on that. because i'm a big believer, not so much in pointing finger buzz only way we can learn from thing that's happened from mistakes that are made is by looking into it and acknowledging it. honestly, then making the changes to it doesn't happen again. >> the governor says he spoke with the president and requested a federal disaster declaration. >> during this tragedy we're learning of another
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Sep 19, 2010 11:00pm PDT
amount of materials that could be used to make more explosives. the bomb squad detonated the devices safely, and the neighbors are back in their homes tonight. >> we don't want this kind of activity occurring with children around. we long for a safe neighborhood. >> hopefully they will keep watch on the house and what goes on because we would luke to keep it a safe neighborhood. >> dennis is in the contra costa county jail in martinez on $750,000 bond. there is no word on what he was planning to do with those pipe bombs. >> the san jose -- >>> the san jose police officers are protesting the gang unit. the violent crimes enforcement unit is being combined. staffing between the two units has been slashed by a third. union leaders say it will have a devastating affect on the public safety. >> the majority of homicides in san jose are gang-related. we simply will not have the resources to address gangs today like we did yesterday. it is a fact. >> san jose's mayor blames the police department cuts on sky rocketing pension costs. he says the combined task force will still make fighting ga
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Sep 21, 2010 5:00am PDT
.m.. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. the deal with that developing news we're talking about in the south bay where san jose police are on the scene of a fatal car accident. one person is dead and there are injuries. theresa garcia is live there in san jose with more. theresa? >> well, certainly this single car crash woke up enough people that a san jose dispatcher tells me they were receiving multiple calls of reports that they heard a loud crash, they heard an explosion, saw a fire and eventually when the san jose emergency responders got out here, take a look behind me, this is what they found. you've got an intersection completely shut off right now. it was just after 3 a.m. a white 2001 ford explorer driving south hit a pole, then possibly a tree and became completely ungulfed in fire. this happened at the intersection with o'grady drive. the emergency responders found an 18-year-old male passenger dead in the car. the 18-year-old male driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. the problem out here is we're getting mixed reports
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Sep 23, 2010 5:00am PDT
on this thursday at 5:00. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. in the news this morning bulldozers will fan out through the san bruno neighborhood devastated by a natural gas explosion and fire. officials say it's time to begin removing the demolished homes. jenelle wang is live in san bruno with more on the story. >> cleanup crews will start coming in at 8:00 this morning to clean out all the debris at this disaster site. they're expected to be here the next four to six weeks. the first job to remove close to two dozen charred cars so they can get the heavy machinery in. then remove debris from the hot zones first. 34 homes to be cleared but could be more later. the cost is about 30 to $40,000 for each job site. for the victims that lost everything, still a lot of questions as the bills pile up. >> as far as insurance. >> what we all went through -- i don't know when that healing process starts to begin. we're still numb. >> as cleanup continues, water trucks will continue to water down the ash to reduce any toxic levels. the san jose county health department has brough
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Sep 24, 2010 5:00am PDT
! happy friday, everyone! it's 5 a.m.. thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. pg&e is investigating the intriguing and frightening possibility that microbes inside a gas pipe may have caused the deadly san bruno explosion two weeks ago. sounds incredulous but it's happened before. jenelle has details. >> yes, it has, kristen. ten years ago in the new mexico desert, the pipeline ruptured killing 12. investigators found pitting in the pipeline. the corroded area spread across 21 feet of the pipeline. 72% of the metal had been eaten away. the pipeline in new mexico was over 50 years old, 30 inches in diameter, the same as the one here in san bruno. the possible cause is called microbiological influence corrosion. the report came out in the san francisco chronicle this morning. basically microbes that thrive, go undetected in a tiny pool of stagnant water in a pipeline and start eating away on the metal causing it to corrode. pg&e told state regulators last year there was ongoing concern about the potential for internal corrosion on the 46-mile pipeline runs from san
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Sep 16, 2010 5:00am PDT
. >> it is 5:00 on this thursday. thank you so much for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. we begin with breaking frus from contra costa county. that's where police are investigating a shooting involving a concord police officer. abc 7's theresa garcia is live in concord with the very latest. theresa? >> we're one block from downtown off main road clayton. you have cars blocking the area of ashberry. investigators are in a situation that began about 2:30. police tried to stop a pedestrian walking on clayton near ash bury. that person ran on foot. police did chase in the patrol car and what happened they say is the suspect pulled a weapon on them. police fired back and did wound the suspect. not clear at this point what type of injuries. we know that suspect was transported to john muir hospital. why that person they believe was a wanted suspect, they're not revealing those details right now but in this neighborhood it is a residential street, ashbury. anybody going to work on clayton will see a lot of police activity out here. but as the morning carries on, we'll certainly bri
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Sep 20, 2010 6:00pm PDT
&e. >> for us, knowing we're close into this intersection we want to get more answers to questions. and our next course of action. >> this segment could be feet or yards long. >> this could be an area of pipe between two valves, segment could be where the type of pipe is. and there is the list is out, does it put residents at ease? >> i feel they'll do hopefully the right job. the right thing. you know? checking things out. >> and pg&e says it's done extensive check of the pipeline that fed into the pipeline that exploded. it discovered a leak and repaired it immediately. in novato abc 7 news. >> so for a look at the list go to our web site. abc 7 news.com and we a v.a link there for you. >> there are kirns about what the explosion will do to property values and whether anyone to looking to sell swril to disclose facts they're sitting on a dangerous pipeline. abc 7 is at the blast site with more. >> a real estate agent here in san bruno said this neighborhood had been on the rebound whit came to home sales. homes were selling in high $600,000. in the wake of this blast, now experts are saying at
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Sep 16, 2010 6:00am PDT
. that will springboard us to the warmest temperatures in this weather forecast cycle. rain chances for not only saturday but also sunday. >> an early morning accident in san francisco's marina district has been cleared. all streets open in the area. live shot of the san mateo bridge has traffic flowing well. in fact looking good on bay area freeways right now. >> it's become a busy thursday morning. 6 a.m.. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's begin with the latest on breaking news we've been following all morning. concord police shoot and wound a pedestrian. theresa garcia joins us to explain what happened. >> we just found out that two officers were involved in the shooting. both fired their weapons at this one suspect who also drew a gun at them. take a look behind me. first off you've got the crime scene truck that just pulled up. those investigators have gone down the street. that's ashbury where you see patrol unit cars. what happened at 2:30 this morning is a man was walking down the street clayton road. they spotted this man who they believe fit the description of a man wanted for several
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Sep 18, 2010 6:00am PDT
radiates the classroom. everyone enjoyed having her around. >> very important for us to be here to support the family and just have closure to this terrible event. >> jackie worked for the california public utilities commission for over 20 years which is one of the agencies investigating the explosion. so far there's been no public announcement about services for 81-year-old elizabeth torres. she's the fourth confirmed san bruno victim. pg&e has agreed to release the information just about everyone has been demanding since last week's san bruno pipeline blast. the utility had mapped its 100 most hazardous natural gas pipelines but it has been keeping that information secret. two federal agencies and the state public utilities commission have laid on the pressure and as abc 7's david louie reports it's working. >> the state public utilities commission sent this letter to pg&e specifically asking for its list of 100 most hazardous gas pipelines and their specific locations. that agency along with pg&e have been under pressure for a week by state a
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Sep 22, 2010 11:00pm PDT
the same level of service we are used to. >> ac transit is in a contract dispute with their labor union. they say if the labor will make compromises, then some of the cuts can be avoided. if that doesn't happen, these cuts will go into affect in december. live in oakland, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thank you a lot. >>> another transit agency is looking for additional revenue. bart is considering selling the naming rights to stations and putting up more wrap around ads on the outside of trains to raise a little extra cash. those measures will be debated at a board meeting tomorrow. >>> jaycee dugard and her two daughters may be spared from reliving the ordeal in court. nancy and her husband, philip, were indicted by a grand jury. neither the district attorney's office nor the grand jury though will confirm that report. it would eliminate the need for a preliminary hearing which would likely have required dugard ea testimony. they are accused of kidnapping and holding her for years. both pled not guilty. >>> two men were seriously injured when they fell 25 feet down a cliff on to rocks
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Sep 23, 2010 5:00pm PDT
into burkeo's stopped police car in 2006. vic lee joins with us more. vick? >> the defendant was convicted on all 10 counts, including murder, robbery, and evading a police officer. it was an emotional hearing which was attended by dozens of police officers and police brass. he broke down and cried after the verdict was read. he was 19 when the crime occurred, and july 26th, 2006, he and two others fled in a stolen car after a robbery on bay shore boulevard. he led police on a car chase wound through the city, and highway 280. the van crashed into officer burkeo's patrol car. he was a police officer stationed at bay view station on the force five years. petrelli out on bail at the time. after the verdict the officer's father spoke to us. >> there are petrelli weing forrive you. you're just human. you make mistakes z your family, we bear no grudge or bitterness against also, you. >> and there would be a hearing on october 22, to set a date for sentencing. since this was a murder committed during a robbery, this is a special circumstances case which means he could get live without parole. tw
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Sep 27, 2010 5:00am PDT
on top of us bringing us the hottest day in this cycle, poor air quality that will linger a couple of days. i'll show you where. >> not a lot of overnight road work. the toll plaza showing no delays. >> and supporters of same sex marriage will launch political ads today to pressure candidates who support the prop 8 ban. >> 5:01 a.m.. thank you so much for joining us. it's going to be a scorcher. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news, in a few hours a hearing held in marin county to determine whether to halt california's first scheduled execution of a death row inmate in more than four years. terry mcsweeney is live in san quentin. terry, the prisoner's appeal centers around a lethal drug combo? >> they do. but if those arguments fail brown will be put to death in less than 48 hours from right now. the convicted killer and two-time rapist was asked to choose his means of death, a three-stage injection or one lethal injection. he failed to do that over the weekend. 8:30 this morning his attorneys will be in marin county superior court asking for a stay of execution fo
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Sep 10, 2010 4:30am PDT
for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's get you the latest. one person is dead, confirmed dead, 20 injured and hundreds more homeless this morning after the natural gas explosion ignited a fire storm in san bruno. >> several homes are still burning more than ten hours after that massive fireball engulfed the neighborhood. the flames destroyed 53 homes, damaged another 120 at least. firefighters tell us they've contained about 50% of this fire but there's no word on when residents will be allowed back in to see what's left of their homes. >> we have several reports for you this morning, eric. >> our coverage begins with terry mcsweeney near where the gas main ruptured. terry's going to walk us through what happened. good morning. >> yeah. i've gotta tell you the latest right now is that the san bruno police are moving all the media an additional block away from the scene. a scene that has been declared a crime scene by san bruno police. eric, you were asking me a few minutes ago if it was something more sinister than just making sure that the police can totally control the
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Sep 10, 2010 11:00am PDT
's house behind us. >> the blast left a 15-foot deep crater and ruptured the adjacent water main. when firefighters arrived they had no water pressure in the hydrants and had to wait 15 minutes before they fought the fire with tanker trucks. the investigation into what went wrong has not really begun. >> we've yet to be able to get close enough to the actual source to be able to determine exactly why this happened. but we are working diligently to do that. >> as for reports that residents have been reporting the smell of natural days or even weeks out here, pg&e says they're checking their records. initial estimate of the damage done in this neighborhood runs to the tens of millions of dollars. the death toll stands at four. both of those numbers may change. live in san bruno, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. mark matthews is in san bruno to tell us about the state of emergency declared bit lieutenant governor. mark? >> the lieutenant governor is here. also a state senator, state assemblyman, congressman jackie spear, quite a lineup of civic leaders coming to talk about what has happened i
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Sep 16, 2010 4:30am PDT
. theresa garcia is on the scene and will be joining us live with more on this breaking story in just a few minutes. we're also following developing news in san francisco where right now an intersection is closed as police investigate a nasty early morning accident that sent four people to the hospital. this happened at the intersection of chestnut. two cars collided and look at that, one of them flipped. all four people taken to the hospital are said to have serious injuries. no word on when that intersection will be open. frances will be keeping an eye on that. >> the latest on the deadly gas line explosion in san bruno. this morning officials plan to warn homeowners about fraudulent contractors who may try to scam those looking to rebuild. the city is putting a price tag so far on last week's disaster. private property sustained more than $31 million in damage. that includes 37 homes which were destroyed and another 19 which need major repairs. the disaster caused more than $6.5 million to public property including streets and sidewalks. the national transportation safety board expects t
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Sep 17, 2010 6:00pm PDT
to figure out how to start over. wayne freedman talked to residents and joins us now. >> some residents are still considering that offer. the city says it could start soon but does need that permit and waiver to get going. for the rest of the people in this neighborhood it's a bit and a piece at a time. in this blistered remnants, shock has worn off there. is a sense of purpose moving forward from trauma of last week. >> flames i thought goitsing to come up the street from one house to the next and next. >> clarence laps into a stream of consciousness with a small prompt, then snaps back. >> this just happens. and this is gone. >> a man who fled barefoot, only his two dogs. when he left, clarence never expected to find a wall of family history still hear. >> you can see the difference of the styles. >> and there is -- would those have been replaceable? >> no. they won't. they'd be gone. all gone. >> for one neighborhood gone through so much, you might expect more anger. >> robert sherlock, another guy with a sense of playing out his hand. >> it's been disruptive. but everybody in the co
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